An exciting PhD opportunity has arisen in the area of surface engineering and tribology for materials in extreme aerospace environments. This EPSRC/Industry funded project aims to develop novel surface engineering strategies to reduce friction, wear and the degradation of materials/interfaces when exposed to adverse environments commonly found in aerospace applications. Your research will include the design and development of a novel surface engineering architectures to promote adaptable lubricity, characterisation of physio-chemical properties of surfaces (including tribological simulation in representative environments) and development of a semi-empirical mechanistic model to enable an informed prediction of friction and wear in surface engineered dry sliding contacts. As part of this project you will work closely with the industrial sponsor to develop measurement methodologies and technical knowledge concerning the tribology and lubrication of materials use in aerospace applications. You will be expected to spend some time at the sponsor location where you will explore their adverse environment testing facilities and embed expertise within the company.

Entry requirements
Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1), and/or a Master’s degree in a relevant engineering or science degree, such as (but not limited to) mechanical engineering.
If English is not the applicant’s first language, they must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.

How to apply
Formal applications for research degree study should be made on-line through the university’s website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is ‘Tribology and surface engineering for lubricous dry sliding contacts for extreme aerospace environments’, as well as Dr M. Bryant as your proposed supervisor.

We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
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Funding Notes

Funding covers the cost of fees at £4,250 and provides a maintenance of £14,533 for the 2017/18 academic year.

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